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Mida Tallinnas teha? Kui mitte midagi pole teha

Avasta Tallinna erinevaid piirkondi

Tallinna uhkus on keskaegne vanalinn, mis kuulub UNESCO maailmapärandi nimistusse. Vanalinna tuntuim vaatamisväärsus, mida nimetatakse koguni linna südameks on Raekoja plats koos Tallinna Raekojaga. Samuti on avastamist väärt Raekoja platsi ääres asuv, Euroopa kõige vanem siiani tegutsev Raeapteek, mis on lausa 600 aastat vana (avati 1422. aastal).

Tallinna suurimaks rikkuseks on Tallinna eripalgelised linnaosad ja asumid, kus leidub palju põnevat, mida teha koos sõprade, perega või üksinda.

Kesklinna rütmid

Tallinna kesklinn asub vanalinna servas Vabaduse väljakul ning sealt leiab Eesti menukamad teatrisaalid, kinod, kontserdipaigad ja palju mõnusaid rohelisi alasid. Tallinn on parajalt väike ja kompaktne linn, kus on kõik käe ulatuses. Rotermanni vanast tööstuskvartalist on saanud moodne linnaruum, mis on ka erinevate maitsete meka, mis tähendab, et restorane, baare ja kohvikuid leidub igal sammul. Veel leiab sealt kohaliku disaini paremiku.

Mida teha Kadriorus ja Pirital?

Kadrioru keskpunktist on kujunenud kultuuripark, kus saab külastada seitset muuseumi, nende hulgas on kunsti- ja kirjandusmuuseume ning lastemuuseum. 

Omaette väärtuseks on Kadrioru tänavad, kus asuvad uhked villad ja suvemõisad, funkehitised ja lossialeviku aegsed lihtsad puumajakesed. Kadriorg sobib ideaalselt jalutamiseks või rattaga sõitmiseks. Kadrioru rahulikus olustikus pakuvad meelelahutust ja kõhutäit erinevad pargikohvikud ja -restoranid.

Pirita jõe kaldad, ürgorg, männimets koos seikluspargi ja üle kahe kilomeetri pikkuse liivarannaga on ideaalsed aktiivse vaba aja veetmiseks nii perele kui ka sõpradele.

Tallinna Botaanikaaed võtab taimehuvilisi vastu aastaringselt ning see on liigirikas, seega vaatamist jätkub üsna pikaks ajaks. Arhitektuuri- ja ajaloohuvilistele on pakuvad kindlasti huvi 40 aastat vanad olümpiarajatised koos külastuskeskuseks muudetud teletorniga. Mõjukas Maarjamäe kommunismiohvrite memoriaal ja Maarjamäe lossi väljapanek kõnelevad põnevalt meie lähiajaloost. Pirita torni- ja merevaatega söögikohad pakuvad nii ahhetama panevaid panoraame kui maitseelamusi. 

Kalamaja kontrastid 

Kalamajast on saanud linna kohaliku elu keskpunkt. Kalamajas asuvad linna tehnoloogilisemalt uuenduslikumad vaatamisväärsused: Energia Avastuskeskus, Lennusadam ja Proto Avastustehas. Kalamaja kogukondlik keskus asub Telliskivi Loomelinnakus, kuhu on koondunud Eesti disaini paremik, fotokunstikeskus Fotografiska ning põnevad söögikohad, pubid ja baarid.

Uuri ajalugu ja loomariiki Rocca al Mares

Rocca al Mares asub Eesti 19.-20. sajandi külaelu ja rahvatraditsioone tutvustav Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum, kuhu on koondatud pea 80 ehitist. Erinevate loomaliikidega on võimalik tutvuda Tallinna Loomaaias. Loodusnautlejale ja sportlasele pakub võimalusi ka Rocca al Mare promenaad, mis kulgeb läbi rahuliku rohelise elurajooni ja ühendab Stroomi ja Kakumäe supelrandu.

Seiklushimulised saavad ennast proovile panna FK Keskuse kardirajal ja värvisõjas, spordihuvilisi ootavad tennisekeskused ning Škoda jäähall uisutamiseks. Lisaks asub Rocca al Mares 10 000 külastajat mahutav Saku Suurhall ehk Eesti suurim spordi-, messi- ja meelelahutuskeskus. 

Milles peitub Nõmme võlu?

Nõmme on hinnatud Tallinna roheala koos seikluspargi, talviste suusaradade ja hüppetorniga, kust võtta endaga kaasa palju seiklusrohkeid elamusi. Nõmmel on head ujumisvõimalused, jalg- ja rattarajad. Nõmme turg on koht, kus meenub lapsepõlv ning kust kaasa haarata Eestimaist värsket turukraami.

The Luxury Travel Industry’s Slow Yet Steady March To Sustainability

According to Grand View Research, luxury travel is one of the most lucrative recreational industries, valued at just over $1.2 trillion. However, this immense market size is borne on the backs of the environment and the communities that receive luxury travelers. As a whole, the industry is responsible for a troubling chunk of waste generation and pollution, and this has been, by and large, concealed from its patrons, who, in all likelihood, might not have even cared. But their clientele is undergoing a rapid change, brought on by younger generations maturing and society becoming more ecologically concerned.

Only a select few companies employ socially conscious features, such as notifying travelers how much they reduced their carbon footprint by taking the bus. As such, the luxury travel industry must update its methods to maintain relevance. Here are some ways luxury travel companies are progressing towards sustainable business practices.

The Rise of Conscious Luxury 

The luxury travel market has been rushing to retool itself in recent years as sustainability has become an ever-increasing requirement in the eyes of many consumers. One thing that’s been coming up is the term “conscious luxury.” Industry leaders have defined it as awareness of the environmental impact of luxury travel and the industry taking steps to mitigate it. 

Industry veterans have realized that their niche has been providing extravagant and excessive service for the longest time. Considering the scarcity of resources and the environmental cost of producing enough to meet such demands, it has started to weigh heavily on the consciences of many in their client base. Some have even gone so far as to try to distance themselves from the word “luxury” altogether. This doesn’t change the fact that they are still effectively that, but it’s a good step towards finding a compromise between providing a fully accommodated getaway and sustainable consumption.

Most luxury travel executives who believe in “conscious luxury” rightly think they are unlikely to become paragons of sustainability despite their best efforts because of the very nature of their trade. But their new stance has produced good things, such as significantly reducing their plastic consumption, setting up amenities that double as small wildlife reserves, and minimizing their environmental impact on the places they pass through. 

Alternative Modes of Luxury Travel

It’s a well-known fact that air travel is one of the most significant contributors to emissions, not just among vehicles but all manmade processes. As such, the number of vacationers shying away from taking planes increases daily. But people don’t stop taking the plane, so this shift’s impact will likely be minimal. Hence, those looking for more eco-conscious travel modes have to look elsewhere.

The most significant emissions contributors, in terms of luxury vacations at least, are cruises, and the cruise ship industry has also been concentrating more effort into making their industry less destructive. They intend to do so primarily by employing alternative fuels such as methanol and liquified natural gas. Alternative modes of propulsion are also being looked into. For example, environmentalists have been pushing for sail technology to make a comeback for a while now, in the form of novel designs such as giant kites to tried-and-true ones such as sails. Others put an innovative spin on classic designs, such as an inflatable sail that could reduce the fuel consumption of something as big as a cargo ship by as much as 20 percent.

It would still be a while before cruise ships would be anywhere, even approaching carbon neutrality. But other means of luxury transport are taking the stage to fill the gaps for now. Foremost among these are luxury rails. Thanks to the recent clamor for better mass transport, the luxury rails sector has been seeing remarkable gains in the past few months, especially in the younger market. While the industry isn’t quite as advanced as something that has existed as long as luxury cruises, rail travel is still established enough for progress to be smooth, provided that demand keeps rising. 

Giving a Luxury Touch to Ecotourism

On paper, the added demands of sustainability are a burden to businesses. But many travel agencies are working around this by leaning into the “luxury ecotourism” angle. This is built upon bringing tourists closer to nature and wildlife. Having the experience center on this aspect gives travel companies a relatively lower-cost way to enhance the “luxury” feel. This frees up more resources for them to raise the sustainability of their service even further.

Already we’re beginning to see things like a safari with electric vehicles finding footing in the premium travel space. With further advancements in eco-friendly transport on the horizon, rising industries such as luxury road trip planners will also be able to go green. They’ll be able to rent out cars that can recharge at public charging stations, providing a more environmentally responsible way to take a weekend getaway on the open road. This offers luxury travel companies that already provide a more sustainable mode of road travel, such as going by bus, a way to further reduce their carbon footprint.

Bridging the Generational Gap 

As antithetical as it may sound, the luxury travel industry may need to make its services more accessible to customers from lower income brackets to survive. The amount of wealth held by the average individual has declined steeply with each generation, and nowhere is this more palpable than with Generation Z. While some experts have projected a much greater income potential for the generation than previous ones, the vast majority of its members still report that they live paycheck to paycheck. Considering that Gen Y and Z will be their primary client base in a few decades, sweeping changes ensure that the industry will be able to cater to them and that they will even want to be catered to by the industry in the first place. 

One edge that luxury travel has is the ability to invest in technology. Most companies have the resources to upgrade technological amenities to a level that makes the experience as convenient and pleasant as possible for the younger generation. This resonates well with Gen Y and Z, with the latter frequently referred to as the first “digital natives,” being highly attuned to technology. Gen Z is also considered to be the most socially concerned generation yet. These luxury travel companies must align themselves with these sensibilities to avoid alienating themselves from this demographic. Another strong point to focus on is normalizing sustainability practices and social responsibility.

Despite the immense collective resources of the luxury travel industry, there are still many obstacles to hurdle before they can be considered indeed on the way to carbon neutrality. Supply chain and infrastructure are the biggest ones and aren’t so easily worked around. Going green is a much more monumental undertaking for the luxury travel sector, as they need to consider not only their own logistical systems but that of the world at large as well, by nature of their service. But as long as demand keeps nudging the industry towards sustainability, it will be achieved.